The 5 Most Painful Seasons in Washington Capitals History

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The 5 Most Painful Seasons in Washington Capitals History
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For fans of the Washington Capitals, there have been much more than a handful of heartbreaking moments since the franchise opened up shop in 1974. 

And perhaps more importantly, with the exception of the Washington Bullets' one national championship and the Redskins' trio of championships (the last of which coming in 1991), D.C. has had its fair share of disappointing performances from the city's professional sports teams. 

What's made the Caps' recent struggles more frustrating has been that, at least on paper, Ted Leonsis' teams has been flush with star-caliber talents, but for whatever reason, Alex Ovechkin and company haven't been able to find their way beyond Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

There's still more than a good chance that they'll get there soon, but for now, here's a look at the five most painful seasons in Capitals history. 

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